The Saône offers optimal navigation conditions: a sufficient water level in all seasons, few locks(3 in Rives de Saône), wide river basin and well preserved nature. The navigation is allowed in all seasons other than the season of flood. The Saône is divided in two sections:
The majority of locks are automatic or semiautomatic. The lights will guide you through different phases of manoeuvres. Make sure to to get instructions and explainations on docks’ functioning.
At St Jean de Losne, pass under a bridge to access Burgundy canal that will lead you towards Dijon thanks to the various flights of locks. This small-sized canal will allow you to pass from Seine and Yonne basin to that of the Saône and Rhône.
On the Rhône-Rhine canal, the service offers are seasonal with two periods of the year: high and low season. During the low season, the navigation is interrupted. The hours of navigation vary depending on season
The following service will help you prepare yourself for the coming journey, taking into account the boat’s size and your preferences concerning the time period of navigation, it will indicate you the best itinerary. You can also get informations on any interruptions along the way in real time. Visit the website Voies Navigables de France.
This historic commune was previously the hub of river trade . Nowadays we still find a big number of professionals dedicated to sale, rental and maintainance of boats of all sizes. Everything is there to provide you a pleasant stay.
The towns of St Jean de Losne and Saint-Usage offer you a bunch of shopping options, having all essential services within towns’ limits : The supermarkets: Casino( 500 meters from Quai national), Intermarché and Lidl (2 kilometers from Quai National) at Saint-Usage. In the downtown you’ll find physician’s office, veterinarian, bakeries and chemists’.
If you have to go someplace, you can rent bikes at the tourist centre Rives de Saône. At the bus stops of Losne, St Jean de Losne and Saint-Usage, you can take a bus heading to Dijon (check schedules) . At the St Jean de Losne railway station, you can get on a train heading to either Dijon or Bourg-en-Bresse (check schedules).
Seurre is the inland port of entrance into the department of Cote d’Or and the Petite Saône river section duly equipped to accommodate boats of all sizes.
The town of Seurre offers a wide range of services in the proximity, such as bakery, chemists’, shops with electrical appliances, clothes and shoes. In the downtown, you’ll find physician’s and veterinary offices. The market is held every Saturday morning from 8 to 13 o’clock, Rue de la République.
If you have to go someplace, you can rent a car at the Renault garage (2 kilometers from the embankment) or a bike at the beach camping on the opposite bank of the Saône in front of the harbour master’s office. The town of Seurre has a railway station with trains heading either to Dijon or Bourg-en-Bresse ((check schedules).
Don’t forget to make a stopover at our pop-up shop to take home a bit of Rives de Saône.
Boat filling station at St Jean de Losne offers you diesel and petrol 24/7 in self-service. Only Card Payments of up to 500 euros are accepted. Red diesel and badges are only available within the opening hours.